FAQ


Here you can read answers on the most frequently asked questions =3!

 

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A) COSTUMES, MATERIALS and BEAUTY

Question A1: Where do you usually buy your wigs?
Question A2: Where do you usually buy your colored contact lenses? 
Question A3: Which patterns did you use? Can you help me with mine? Can you send me your old patterns?
Question A3.1: How did you make the costume? lol
Question A4: Which make-up brands do you use?
Question A5: Do you take commissions?
Question A6: Where do you buy your fabrics?
Question A7: How long do you work on your costumes? How much to they cost?
Question A8: What material do you use to make armors like your Saber costume?
Question A9: Where do you buy your WORBLA?
Question A10: When did you start cosplay and what was your first costume? Why did you start?
Question A11: Which one is your favorite costume? Which one you don’t like at all?
Question A12: How can I start cosplaying?
Question A13: How can I make a sword/spear/armor/other kinds of props?How do I style wigs? How can I do…

 

B) CONVENTIONS, TRAVELING AND BOOKING

Question B1: Can you visit the con in my country? 
Question B2: Are you a professional cosplayer? Do you live from cosplay?

 

C) PHOTOS, PRINTS and SHOOTINGS

Question C1: Can I buy posters of your photos?
Question C2: Who takes and edits your photos?
Question C3:  Which camera do you use?
Question C4: Can I post your photo on my blog/ use it for my presentation in my school?
Question C5: Can I use your photo for my photo manipulation?
Question C6: How do you find your shooting locations? Do you have to pay to use them?
Question C7: Can you make me a fan sign?

 

D) ABOUT CALSSARA

Question D1: How old are you and where do you live?
Question D2: How can you affort cosplay?
Question D3: How do you manage to balance work, love life, cosplay and everything else?
Question D4:  Do you have a boyfriend?
Question D5:  How did you meet your boyfriend?
Question D6:  How do you manage a long distance relationship?
Question D7: I saw your profile on a website and I am not sure if this is really you or a faker! What shall I do?
Question D8: Where does your nickname come from?

 

 

 

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Question A1: Where do you usually buy your wigs?

YOU CAN SEE MY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPECIAL WIG SHOPS HERE WITH PHOTOS AND LINKS!

My very favorite store is __COSPLAY WIG__!
Because they have this kind of super smooth wigs, that do not get frizzy so easily. they are so soft that you can brush them with your fingers xD. Also I love that the wigs are never shiny or plastic-looking.  They are pretty expensive, but if you want wear your wig more than 1 time, this shop is a good choice for you. For example: My Ange Ushiromiya and Lacus Clyne wigs are from that store ;D

Also really nice is __Ayanamisatarou __!
Their wigs are super thick with a LOT of hair. You can brush them a lot and they will still have enough hair left XD. Also they have a variety of really beautiful colors. for example: My Hannah Annafellows wig is from that store ;D.

And I like __Wig me up___!
They are a Germany wig store and I like to buy ma natural colored wigs from them. Because they are from my own country, it´s really fast to get the wigs for me. They also ship worldwide. They have so many different colors and styles. For example: My Mizusu Kamio wig is from that store ;D

 

 

Question A2: Where do you usually buy your colored contact lenses?

YOU CAN SEE MY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPECIAL CONTACTS SERIES HERE WITH PHOTOS AND LINKS!

I just have 2 stores for colored contact lenses. the first one is ___HONEYCOLOR___!
They have a big variety  of colored contact lenses in all colors and shapes. I have brown eyes and it´s sometimes really hard to cover my natural eye color. So I always need very STRONG colors.I usually buy the „Neo Sunflower“ series (f.e. my blue contact lenses for Luka Megurine are from that series) or the „Dolly Eye“ series (f.e. my Sakana lenses are from that series). But beware: the colors are really STRONG and your eyes will look Anime/Manga-character like and not natural. If you character is from a series that has a „real“-touch maybe you should try it with the „Geo Magic“-series). OR to show you the second store…

my second store I usually use is ___FUNNYLENS___!
It´s a German shop and I like it coz they are really friendly =3. For dark eyes like mine you should take  the „Big Eyes“-series. They have a  natural look. So if you have characters with softer eye colors, maybe you should take lenses like these.

Both stores have good and fair prices and ship very fast =3.

another advice!
if you have troubles with contact lenses in general and your eyes feel dry and hurt while wearing them, than maybe you could try „refreshing drops“. You use them like normal eye drops and they refresh your eyes and make the contact lenses a little more wet so it´s more comfortable to wear them.

 

 

Question A3: Which patterns did you use? Can you help me with mine? Can you send me your old patterns?

When I sew, I do not use „professional patterns“. I learned just by doing and trying out when I was 15. I had no idea about patterns and stuff and I started to develop my own kind of patterns. Now I´m totally used to my own kind of patterns, I made a „basic body“-pattern from my own body and modify it every time. For every new kind of shape that appears I think about how the construction could look drawn flatly on a paper.

So sorry that I cannot send you my patterns/tell you what exactly I used!!!

If you need professional patterns to use for your own costumes, please look on sewing forums or ask in a sewing stuff store if they can help you.

Sometimes you can also find tutorials about cosplay related patterns on deviantart or on youtube.

in relation to that…

Question A3.1: How did  you make the costume? lol

I don´t know WHY people ask exactly this all the time and WHAT they do expect me to tell. If you wanna have a complete sewing instruction how I made the complete cosplay, than I´m sorry to say you that I don´t have enough time to make complete construction guides to all my costumes. If you have really no idea about sewing at all and you cannot imagine how all that works, please visit a sewing school :).

Sure you can always ask me how I did a special detail on the costume, or what kind of material I used for this or that part. that´s not a  problem at all. I like to help. I just have NO time to make complete construction guides for anyone.

 

 

Question A4: Which make-up brands do you use?

Various! I have a lot from Maybeline Jade, as well as from Manhattan. If I need a special eye shadow color only for a cosplay and not for daily life, than I also buy from cheaper make-up lines like P2 and BASIC and so. Just remember that ‚more expensive‘ make-up do not make you automatically prettier than cheaper make-up.
For the basic make-up/foundation it’s important that it will not be bad for your skin! Some people have really sensitive skin and their skin likes no liquid foundation. I have that problem, f.e.! From liquid make-up my skin starts to itch. That’s why I only use concealer under the eyes + loose power for the basic foundation of my face.

 

 

Question A5: Do you take commissions?

No. Sorry I have no time to make commissions.

 

 

Question A6: Where do you buy your fabrics?

From various stores. I love to buy fabric from the ‚Fabric Market Holland‘ that visits Germany twice a year in spring and fall in a lot of cities. they have wonderful, cheap fabrics there. Also I buy some fabrics in local stores or in online stores. Also a lot of (GERMAN) ebay stores have really beautiful fabrics. Remember than super-high-expensive fabric do not make your costume automatically better ;D! Also some cheaper fabrics can look really pretty when you work correctly with them :).

Some pages I like to use are:
Stoff4You
Stoffmeile
Stoffe.de
Stoffe Hemmers
Stoffe Tetik
Stoffmix
Stoffe aus Berlin
Stoff Am Stück
Stoffkontor

 

 

Question A7: How long do you work on your costumes? How much do they cost?

Depends on the costume. I’m a VERY slow seamstress XD. I need a lot of time to make something like I want to have it. It’s always very important for me that the costume insides do not look messy. I try to make everything as good as I can and do not rush it. That’s why I’m a super slow seamstress v.v….Also the costs vary a lot. Mostly between 30 and 300€.

 

 

Question A8: What material do you use to make armors like your Saber costume?

I use „Worbla’s finest art“.
Worbla’s Finest Art – the thermoplastic and modeling material!
Use hot air, water or steam (min 90°C) to bring this plastic to the shape you want to. The material is alterable by heat any time, solvent-free manufactured & to process.
Conditioned oddments can be blended to 100%, so almost no waste at all incurs.
These leftovers can be moulded just like putty or almond paste.
It’s hardening very fast, is manually grindable and because of the extra glue on the shiny side, it is very easy to attach the several layers.
Hence you can decide to work with more layers right from the beginning or to line thin parts plus e.g. ornaments can be attached easy as pie.
Almost everything is possible with this material for creativ people.
Detailed surfaces & masks, armor and ornaments, replicas of blades or gems plus even costume jewelery, figurines as well as all kind of decorations.
You can varnish Worbla’s Finest Art with all kind of effect spray-paints and acrylics. Therefore, a plastic primer or other base coats can be useful!

You can read many details about my Saber armor in my Deviantart journal —>__SABER ARMOR__

Worbla tutorials in English are collected here  —>__WORBLA TUTORIAL COLLECTION__

 

 

Question A9: Where do you buy your WORBLA?

I buy it from __MY COSTUMES__ and from __CAST4ART__.

 

 

Question A10: When did you start cosplay and what was your first costume? Why did you start?

I started to cosplay in 2004 and my first costume was Eclair from Kiddy Grade. Before I even knew cosplay, I also dressed up as a kid with my friends as Sailor Moon or some Stargate characters xD.
I just visited my first convention as a normal visitor in casual clothes. There I saw cosplay and thought it would be super cool! Next year on the same con, I wore my first handmade costume. It was so much fun that I continues. Now together with many friends and my boyfriend, cosplay became a passion.

 

 

Question A11: Which one is your favorite costume? Which one you don’t like at all?

My favorite costume is my Saber costume <3! I pretty much like all of my costumes a lot :D!!!

 

 

Question A12: How can I start cosplaying?

MangoSirene (a great cosplayer from USA) made some very helpful video tutorials about „How to start cosplaying“, „How to use a wig“ etc. for beginners!  I totally recomment her youtube channel for more information for bloody beginners!
—> __MANGOSIRENE’S YOUTUBE TUTORIALS__
For people who have a little bit of knowledge about cosplay, I really recommend Kamui’s tutorial for „make your first steps in cosplay!“
—> __KAMUI’S TUTORIAL__ —> __KAMUI’S TUTORIAL__

 

 

Question A13: How can I make a sword/spear/armor/other kinds of props? How do I style wigs? How can I do…

There are all kinds of written tutorials and video tutorials in the internet :). You can find a great collection of links to all those tutorials at —> __COSPLAY TUTORIAL__

 

 

Question B1: Can you visit the con in my country?

I visit many cons on the globe and I’m really happy to see so many new countries. When I travel outside from Germany, the cons invite me as a convention guest. That means the con pays flight and hotel for me and in return I work for them as a judge/panelist/performer/advertiser. It’s an exchange of work and travel. I sadly am not rich enough to pay the flights outside of Germany by myself. So if you want that I come and visit your country, you can talk to an organizer of a local convention. Maybe they are interested to work with me together.
—> __BOOKING INFORMATION HERE__

 

 

Question B2: Are you a professional cosplayer? Do you live from cosplay?

Cosplay is just my HOBBY that I make in my spare time. I have a normal job that I do during the week and I travel on weekends to conventions. I don’t live from cosplay.

 

 

Question C1: Can I buy posters your photos?

Yes, you can buy them here —> __PRINT STORE HERE__

 

 

Question C2: Who takes and edits your photos?

Well here come the story XD: When I was a beginner in cosplay, it was totally normal to take photos only with small compact digicams. We just took them randomly on conventions together with friends. It was something „super special“ when a GREAT photographer (definition back than of „great photographer“ was a person with an DSLR cam XD!) came and asked to take a photos of us lol. Sometimes we just hoped that some good photographers will appear on cons to take us great photos.

But soon we got bored of waiting and wanted to become better in taking our own pictures. Well that´s why I collected money and bought my own DSLR. I asked other photographers for advices how to use it, read tutorials about photography and studied other photographers photos to get better ideas.  I tried hard to improve my own photo skills, so my friends did not have to wait on cons till a „great photographer“ appears to take them some decent shots. I showed my friends how to use my camera and we learned together to use it better.

As well as my skills in photography, I also tried hard to become better in editing. Also asked other people for advices, read tutorials etc etc.

long story for short: 90% of all my photos are taking by my friends with my camera equipment and edited by myself!

It´s really rare that I shoot with other photographers. I have a few good photographer friends that i really love to work with, but unfortunately they all live to far away to asked them „hey, I have this new costume, wanna come over this weekend to shoot?“ XD. So the combination of buying my own equipment + friends help + editing photos myself works pretty well for me for most of the time =3.

 

 

Question C3: Which camera do you use?

So far I took all my photos with the Canon Eos 1000D. Recently I bought the Canon Eos 7D. The lens I love the most to use is the 50mm 1.4f.

 

 

Question C4: Can I use your photo for my photo manipulation?

Maybe! Please send me a link to your art gallery first before you use my photos. If I think that I like your style and it would fit to my work, then you get the okay. You can contact me via my profiles on various pages or via calssara(a)gmx.de.

 

 

Question C5: I saw your profile on a website and I am not sure if this is really you or a faker! What shall I do?

Please report all suspicious profiles on all kind of websites to me! I never let fakers get away so easily. So far I always managed to get the fake accounts deleted. I don’t want that anyone pretends to be me and talks in my name Please report directly! —> calssara(a)gmx.de

 

 

Question C6: How do you find your shooting locations? Do you have to pay to use them?

I just keep my eyes open if I see something when I’m on the way with my car, or meeting friends somewhere. Also google is a great helper to find nice locations. I google stuff like „medieval castle in [cityname]“ and see what I can find ;D! Usually we do not pay to use the locations. A few castles have a guest entry fee and we pay that.

 

 

Question C7: Can you make me a fan sign?

You can buy personalized prints, specially signed for you in —> __MY ONLINE STORE HERE__

 

 

Question D1: How old are you and where do you live?

I’m born in 1988 and I live in South-West Germany.

 

 

Question D2: How can you afford cosplay?

I studied library and information science. I am independent now and work as a librarian and as the library’s event manager in a big city library. Surely as a young person in a job, you don’t start to earn directly the hell of money, but my salary is okay to live normally, to have a pretty apartment and to have a hobby. Surely I cannot buy randomly everything I want, I also have to budget my costumes and be carefully what I can afford and what not. I usually also sell my older costumes that I will not use anymore.

A very good tutorial about budgeting for costumes is this —> __MANGOSIRENE’S TUTORIALS ABOUT BUDGETING__

 

 

Question D3: How do you manage to balance work, love life, cosplay and everything else?

It IS very hard!
Well I also struggle a lot. Sometimes you just need to have priorities. my first priority is my partner and my work and after that comes my hobby.
You sometimes need to be very disciplined to still work on costumes after work in the evenings.
My advice for working on costumes in the evenings is: take small pieces. Just have the goal that „tonight I sew the sleeves together“….and that’s it….don’t try to push yourself every night on the limits to sew a much as you can. Plan stuff and make mini steps out of your costumes. Also if you are really too exhausted: just go to bed. Even if it means that you have no new costume for the next con, but for the con after that you still have a new chance to finish it.
Also: wear costumes MORE than just once! you have a lot of work with them, they cost a lot of money, so use them more often <3!

 

 

Question D4: Do you have a boyfriend?

Yes, I live in a happy relationship!

 

 

Question D5: How did you meet your boyfriend?

It is actually a silly story like in a stupid school romance manga lol. Back in 2011, I was part of the WCS Team Germany 2011 and he was part of the WCS Team Finland 2011. During that times, we did not like each other, we were no friends either. I thought he would be arrogant and he thought I would be annoying. After WCS we started talking and chatting (still we have no idea why we actually talked to each other after we disliked us so much). After a longer time we became friends. We had the same interests and the same way of thinking about stuff so we became best friends. And at some point we just tried out to be a couple and it worked :).

 

 

Question D6: How do you manage a long distance relationship?

Happily within Europe, everything is not THAT far away via airplane. Also thanks to many cheap airlines (such as f.e. Ryanair) you can get cheap flights easily (with some luck also VERY Cheap flights!). Of course you need to be carefully with your money and save money to see each other. You always need to make plans when will be the next time to meet. We meet nearly every month. Sometimes just for a longer weekend, sometimes for a few weeks (if it does not crash with my job or his school). Of course, it also needs some good time planning and a lot of communication to be able to get a good plan. If we cannot meet for 3 or more weeks, we also use Skype a lot to see each other. What is also helpful for long distance relationships if having a plan how your future will look like (f.e. when you plan to move together).

 

 

Question D7: I saw your profile on a website and I am not sure if this is really you or a faker! What shall I do?

Please report all suspicious profiles on all kind of websites to me! I never let fakers get away so easily. So far I always managed to get the fake accounts deleted. I don’t want that anyone prepends to be me and talks in my name Please report directly! —> calssara(a)gmx.de

 

 

Question D8: Where does your nickname come from?

CALSSARA is the name of the Queen of Elves in a story called „Dark Moon“. „Dark Moon“ is a fanstory of my friend who makes a Sailor Moon movie with cosplayers. It started in 2007 and I designed the outfit for the queen. I was suppost to play the role for the movie, but I had to cancel because of time problems. Now the pretty Soffel plays the role of the queen Calssara in the movie ^^.

 

 

to be continued…

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